Dry mouth is one of the most commonly listed side effects from people who have been inhaling or ingesting cannabis alongside dry eyes. It can be annoying and lead to some gross or even uncomfortable side effects. Luckily staving off cotton mouth is as simple as staying hydrated. This is easy if we keep a reusable water bottle around at all times, filling it where we can. But we aren’t always prepared, and sometimes we find ourselves smacking our lips together with horrible cotton mouth after lighting up a joint.
The more scientific names for cottonmouth are dry mouth syndrome, or Xerostomia. What’s happening is that our salivary flow reduces. Salivary glands are producing spit so that our mouths and throats stay lubricated. If we don’t drink water to get rid of cottonmouth the dryness will just continue to spread. That’s where the side effects come in. Eventually, our throat will dry out which can lead to a sore throat and sometimes even bad breath.
That means that if you’re chiefing up, make sure the water and breath mints are nearby. Cottonmouth doesn’t have to be serious, it just takes some hydration.
Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.